Noam Sagiv**



Since my undergraduate studies, my interests have gradually shifted from physics and chemistry to neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience and psychology. After completing my PhD studies in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Califronia, I spent two years at University College London as a post-doctoral research fellow. I joined Brunel in 2005.


  • PhD Psychology (Univ of California, Berkeley)
  • MSc Neurobiology (Jerusalem)
  • BSc Physics and Chemistry (Jerusalem)

Research area(s)

  • Synaesthesia and cross-modal interactions
  • Neural correlates of consciousness
  • Face perception, prosopagnosia, and prosopometamorphopsia.

Membership and affiliation

  • Professional Memberships: Association for Psychological Science, Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (lifetime member), International Neuroethics Society, UK Synaesthesia Association
  • External PhD Examiner: University Of Sydney, University College London, University of Sussex, University of East London
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer for Funding Agencies: National Science Foundation (NSF), European Science Foundation (ESF), Israel Science Foundation (ISF)
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer for Journals: Brain, Cerebral Cortex, Cognition, Cognitive Brain Research, Cognitive Neuropsychology, Cognitive Science, Consciousness and Cognition, Cortex, Current Biology, Frontiers in Neuroscience, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, JEP: HPP, Journal of Neural Transmission, Journal of Neuropsychology, Mind-Body Regulation, Neuropsychologia, Neuroscience, Perception, Proceedings of the Royal Society, PNAS, Psychological Science, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, Psychophysiology, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Trends in Cognitive Neurosciences
  • Other Professional Services: Chair, Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness Membership Committee 2008. Committee member 2006 - 2009


Research interests

My research interests concern the cogntive and neural bases of human perception and consciousness. Specific research interests include cross-modal interactions and synaesthesia (a condition in which stimulation in one sensory modality is accompanied by experiences in additional, unstimulated senses). I am also interested in face perception and its disorders. Particularly, (1) Prosopagnosia – a condition in which individuals cannot recognise faces and may occasionally fail to recognise even close friends and realtives; (2) Prosopometamorphopsia – a condition in which faces appear distorted while other objects are not. The interest in such extraordinary perceptual symptoms and syndromes is also related to my interest in the neural correlates of consciousness (particularly, perceptual awareness).

Research project(s) and grant(s)

The Attribution of Animacy and Agency to Inanimate Things in Synaesthesia

Noam Sagiv (PI)



Conscious and unconscious olfactory processing in the human brain

Mind Science Foundation

Noam Sagiv (PI), Adrian Williams (Co-PI) 

Research centre(s)



Undergraduate Programmes

Module convenor

  • Cognitive Neuroscience of Consciousness (Year 3)
  • Psychological Perspectives on Contemporary Issues (Year 1)

Module contributor

  • Psychology of Aesthetics (Year 3)
  • Quantitative Research Methods (Year 2)

Postgraduate Programmes

Module contributor

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Visual Neuroscience

Undergraduate Teaching

Module convenor

  • Cognitive Neuroscience of Consciousness (Year 3)
  • Psychological Perspectives on Contemporary Issues (Year 1)

Module contributor

  • Psychology of Aesthetics (Year 3)
  • Quantitative Research Methods (Year 2)

Postgraduate Teaching

Module contributor

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Visual Neuroscience


  • Senate Member (2014-2016)
  • Member of the University's Quality Assurance Committee (2014-present)
  • Web Liaison Officer (2013-present)
  • Director of School Research Programmes (2011-2013)
  • Psychology PhD Programme Convenor (2009-2011)
  • Psychology Departmental Seminar Convenor (2005-2009)

Research supervision

Monika Sobczak-Edmans. Project title: Encoding and representation of mental states based on attribution of animacy and agency to inanimate objects; 2009 – 2013 (completed).

Selected Publications

Journal articles

Jansari, A. , Miller, S. , Pearce, L. , Cobb, S. , et al.   (2015)   'The Man Who Mistook His Neuropsychologist For a Popstar: When Configural Processing Fails in Acquired Prosopagnosia'. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9 doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00390 Download publication 

Sagiv, N. , Ilbeigi, A.  and Ben-Tal, O.   (2011)   'Reflections on Synaesthesia, Perception, and Cognition'. Intellectica, 55 (1).  pp. 81 - 94. 

Amin, M. , Olu-Lafe, O. , Claessen, LE. , Sobczak-Edmans, M. , et al.   (2011)   'Understanding grapheme personification: A social synaesthesia?'. Journal of Neuropsychology, 5 (2).  pp. 255 - 282. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-6653.2011.02016.x Download publication 

Ward, J. , Sagiv, N.  and Butterworth, B.   (2009)   'The impact of visuo-spatial number forms on simple arithmetic'. Cortex, 45 (10).  pp. 1261 - 1265. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2009.03.017 

Ward, J. , Li, R. , Salih, S.  and Sagiv, N.   (2007)   'Varieties of grapheme-colour synaesthesia: A new theory of phenomenological and behavioural differences'. Consciousness and Cognition, 16 pp. 913 - 931. doi: 10.1016/j.concog.2006.09.012 

Ward, J.  and Sagiv, N.   (2007)   'Synaesthesia for finger counting and dice patterns: A case of higher synaesthesia?'. NEUROCASE, 13 (2).  pp. 86 - 93. doi: 10.1080/13554790701300518 

Le Grand, R. , Cooper, PA. , Mondloch, CJ. , Lewis, TL. , et al.   (2006)   'What aspects of face processing are impaired in developmental prosopagnosia?'. BRAIN AND COGNITION, 61 (2).  pp. 139 - 158. doi: 10.1016/j.bandc.2005.11.005 

  (2006)   'Chapter 15 Crossmodal interactions: lessons from synesthesia'. Progress in Brain Research, 155 B pp. 259 - 271. doi: 10.1016/S0079-6123(06)55015-0 

Sagiv, N. , Simner, J. , Collins, J. , Butterworth, B.  and Ward, J.   (2006)   'What is the relationship between synaesthesia and visuo-spatial number forms?'. Cognition, 101 (1).  pp. 114 - 128. doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2005.09.004 

Simner, J. , Mulvenna, C. , Sagiv, N. , Tsakanikos, E. , et al.   (2006)   'Synaesthesia: The prevalence of atypical cross-modal experiences'. PERCEPTION, 35 (8).  pp. 1024 - 1033. doi: 10.1068/p5469 

Sagiv, N. , Heer, J.  and Robertson, L.   (2006)   'Does binding of synesthetic color to the evoking grapheme require attention?'. Cortex, 42 (2).  pp. 232 - 242. doi: 10.1016/S0010-9452(08)70348-4 Download publication 

Kadosh, RC. , Sagiv, N. , Linden, DEJ. , Robertson, LC. , et al.   (2005)   'When blue is larger than red: Colors influence numerical cognition in synesthesia'. JOURNAL OF COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE, 17 (11).  pp. 1766 - 1773. doi: 10.1162/089892905774589181 

Bentin, S. , Sagiv, N. , Mecklinger, A. , Friederici, A.  and von Cramon, YD.   (2002)   'Priming visual face-processing mechanisms: Electrophysiological evidence'. PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE, 13 (2).  pp. 190 - 193. doi: 10.1111/1467-9280.00435 

Vuilleumier, P. , Sagiv, N. , Hazeltine, E. , Poldrack, RA. , et al.   (2001)   'Neural fate of seen and unseen faces in visuospatial neglect: A combined event-related functional MRI and event-related potential study'. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 98 (6).  pp. 3495 - 3500. doi: 10.1073/pnas.051436898 Download publication 

Sagiv, N.  and Bentin, S.   (2001)   'Structural encoding of human and schematic faces: Holistic and part-based processes'. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 13 (7).  pp. 937 - 951. doi: 10.1162/089892901753165854 

Vuilleumier, P.  and Sagiv, N.   (2001)   'Two eyes make a pair: facial organization and perceptual learning reduce visual extinction'. NEUROPSYCHOLOGIA, 39 (11).  pp. 1144 - 1149. doi: 10.1016/S0028-3932(01)00048-3 


Robertson, LC.  and Sagiv, N.   (2005) Synesthesia: Perspectives from Cognitive Neuroscience.  Oxford University Press, USA 

Book chapters

Sagiv, N. , Sobczak-Edmans, M.  and Williams, AL.  (2017)   'Personification, Synaesthesia and Social Cognition', in Deroy, O. (ed.) Sensory blendings: New essays on synaesthesia and related phenomena.  Oxford Oxford University Press 

Sagiv, N.  and Frith, CD.  (2013)   'Synaesthesia and consciousness', in Simner, J.  and Hubbard, EM. (eds.) Oxford Handbook on Synaesthesia.  Oxford University Press pp. 924 - 940. 

Sobczak-Edmans, M.  and Sagiv, N.  (2013)   'Synaesthetic Personification', in Simner, J.  and Hubbard, EM. (eds.) Oxford Handbook on Synaesthesia.  Oxford University Press pp. 222 - 238. 

Sagiv, N. , Bailes, F.  and Dean, RT.  (2009)   'Algorithmic synaesthesia', in Dean, RT. (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Computer Music.  New York Oxford University Press pp. 294 - 311. 

Sagiv, N.  (2005)   'Synesthesia in Perspective', in Robertson, LC.  and Sagiv, N. (eds.) Synesthesia: Perspectives from Cognitive Neuroscience.  Oxford University Press, USA pp. 3 - 10. 

Sagiv, N.  and Robertson, LC.  (2005)   'Synesthesia and the Binding Problem', in Robertson, LC.  and Sagiv, N. (eds.) Synesthesia: Perspectives from Cognitive Neuroscience.  Oxford University Press, USA pp. 90 - 107. 

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